Jan Maas will become a trainee for Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Jan Maas will become a trainee for Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Our 21-year old Jan Maas will move up to the pro ranks as a trainee with the Dutch WorldTour team Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Maas, who played the super-domestic role in service of Stephen Williams in races like Ronde l'Isard and Giro d'Italia U23, will join his new team in August the 1st. "I am really happy and proud to join a team like this as a trainee. It is a great chance to continue my development as a cyclist and I am also satisfied with all the hard work done to reach that level"…continue reading →
Performance Anaylsis Giro d’Italia U23

Performance Anaylsis Giro d’Italia U23

The Giro d'Italia U23 was a successful one for the Academy as we wrapped up the race with two stage wins, two days in pink, two riders within the Top 15 overall and above all a great team performance in the most challenging stage race of the calendar. The road to the race started early in the season as the Performance Team, led by Vasilis Anastopoulos, planned individualized training plans for the riders. "The planning for this year’s Giro began already during the winter period as we knew that this year’s edition would…continue reading →
Preview Flèche Ardennaise

Preview Flèche Ardennaise

A total of nine côtes through the 180 km long parcour await the riders in the 2018 edition of Flèche Ardennaise. Last year the Academy was off to a great run as our Welsh climber, Stevie Williams, finished second and Jan Maas rolled in seventh. The race will see the riders tackling slopes of more than 15% gradient before deciding the day's glory in the final local circuit in Herve. The success enjoyed by the Academy in the races leading to Flèche Ardennaise will help in the confidence and morale of our six…continue reading →
Day in the break for Kooistra who climbs to third overall

Day in the break for Kooistra who climbs to third overall

Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux is one of the most important events in the U23 calendar, and what a way to kick it off. The 136 km long parcour that opened this year's edition presented a flat first half of the stage with a hilly finale awaiting the riders. The race was off to a fast start, with the bunch staying together until the first intermediate sprint was behind. Shortly after, the breakaway of the day was formed by two riders, including Ronde van Zuid-Holland's winner, Marten Kooistra in it. The leading duo opened…continue reading →
Bol stays second on GC after a hectic and windy stage

Bol stays second on GC after a hectic and windy stage

After yesterday's strong team effort that ended with Cees Bol taking second in the stage, our riders were up for another fight today. The second stage of the French race presented a 160km long parcour that was set to be decided in the final local circuit. The race was off to a fast start taking into account the strong headwind that followed the bunch during the day, with the peloton staying together for almost 40 kms before the break moved away. Three riders formed the breakaway of the day, but the main group did…continue reading →
Jan Maas: “A win in an UCI race will be my main goal”

Jan Maas: “A win in an UCI race will be my main goal”

Jaan Maas is the whole package. The young Dutchman is not only a very talented bike rider, but also a very smart student who just graduated. "Now that I am done with school I have some extra time to train and work even harder. I have been making progress every winter, so I trust on that for the upcoming season". The 21-year old had a great 2017 season, his first with the Academy, showing skills as complete rider with great GC performances (ninth in l'Isard and 15th in Tryptique) and solid results in one-day…continue reading →
Hartthijs De Vries sprints to fourth in Paris Tours

Hartthijs De Vries sprints to fourth in Paris Tours

Today's Paris Tours marked our last U23 race of the 2017 calender. The 187 kilometers long course started in France's Bonneval and took place all the way to Tours, including two short but punchy climbs in the ending part of the day. The race featured a very fast starts with some combative riders trying to make a gap early on, but the bunch did not let anyone go until a 3-man cut was formed 20 kilometers into the day. That initial group was later joined by seven riders and they formed the breakaway of…continue reading →
Maas and De Vries ride into the Top 10 in Gooikse Pijl

Maas and De Vries ride into the Top 10 in Gooikse Pijl

After a break for some action in the World Championships, our guys were back on the Academy's colors for today's Gooikse Pijl. The one-day Belgian classic featured a 198 kilometers long parcour that took place in a 19,8 km circuit that the guys tackled 10 times. The race was off to a fast start, but it took more than 70 kilometers for the eventual break to actually go clear. Once that happened, a 15-man group rode away from the bunch, including ours Cees Bol and Jan Maas, and started to make a significant gap.…continue reading →
We finish as the best team and three riders in the Top at Olympia’s Tour

We finish as the best team and three riders in the Top at Olympia’s Tour

Today's stage 6 at Olympia's Tour joined the Dutch towns of Margraten and Noorbeek with a 173,3 km long loop. Today's course was categorized as the hardest day of the race as its route featured climbs such as Bermeleberg and the Gulperberg. Ahead of today's big day our guys kept their fighting spirit, and it was the two times stage winner in this edition of the race, Fabio Jakobsen, the one that showed the Academy's colors in the break of the day alongside 6 other riders. They got a gap up to 3 minutes…continue reading →
Affini is third in Olympia’s Tour prologue

Affini is third in Olympia’s Tour prologue

The 2017 edition of the Olympia's Tour started today with a fast 4,3 km prologue around the streets of Eelde. The course was totally flat and presented a couple of sharp corners where the riders had be careful, more when in the second half of the stage a light raining made act of presence. Our day started with Ide Schelling scoring the best provisional time and minutes later it was Marten Kooistra the one who was a two seconds faster than our first year U23. Both riders put on a great effort and finished…continue reading →